Ripple’s University Blockchain Research Initiative Adds 11 New University Partners

Blockchain, News | February 8, 2019 By:

Distributed ledger firm Ripple has added 11 new universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI), bringing the total number of partners to 29.

Launched in June 2018, UBRI is designed to support academic research, technical development, and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments. At the time, Ripple donated $50 million to the first wave of university partners to help shape the workforce of the future. These include Australian National University College of the Law, CITP at Princeton, CSAIL at MIT, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil), Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and others.

The latest cohort of partners includes a broader international selection of major university and college partners, representing a wide variety of academic disciplines. New UBRI partners include Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Georgetown University, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Morgan State University, National University of Singapore, Northeastern University, University of São Paulo, and Institute for Fintech Research, Tsinghua University.

The latest members will be able to utilize UBRI resources to create curricula, expad or launch courses, host conferences and award scholarships to faculty and students pursuing work in blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital payments and related topics. The goal of these programs is to prepare the next generation of engineers, business leaders, entrepreneurs and other professionals to apply blockchain technologies in practice, and to increase positive awareness of the transformative impact that the technology will have across various industries.

“In less than a year, our initial UBRI partners hit the ground running with the launch of new research projects, events, course offerings and more,” said Eric van Miltenburg, SVP of Global Operations at Ripple. “Expanding the ecosystem to a more global, diversified network of UBRI partners will only continue to enrich these projects.”

A number of UBRI partners will host and collaborate this year at workshops and conferences centered on topics including blockchain, cryptography, cybersecurity, and regulation.

“At U.S.-based Duke University and Georgetown University, UBRI will support expanding curriculum and teaching, research and technical projects and collaboration across disciplines,” Ripple said. “Internationally, the University of São Paulo is receiving funding for a blockchain innovation program, which will serve as an interdisciplinary forum across its schools of engineering, law, mathematics, economics and business administration.”

Laura Tyson, Faculty Director at Berkeley Haas Blockchain Initiative, said that they are excited by the momentum that the Ripple UBRI Partnership has fostered at Berkeley Haas and throughout UC Berkeley in the development of blockchain, digital payments and crypto-related research and innovation.

“In December, we awarded the first round of Ripple-funded faculty and student blockchain, digital payments and cryptocurrency-focused research grants,” Tyson said. “Also, we are sponsoring numerous student-led activities this semester, including partnering with Blockchain at Berkeley to host a blockchain/fintech industry Spring speaker series at Haas.”